Prince praises ‘perfect’ Kanye West and ‘pure’ Kendrick Lamar

Singer had recently claimed it's a 'bad time for music'

Prince has expressed his admiration for rappers Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar, despite recently claiming that it’s currently a “bad time for music in general”.

Earlier this week, the singer was asked for his thoughts on artists such as Tame Impala, The Weeknd and Miguel being influenced by his work.

Prince replied: “There might be music that sounds like me, but what good is that? You’re essentially in the feedback loop. It’s a bad time for music in general. There’s not a lot of pop music in the mainstream that makes you feel scared, that makes you wonder what’s happening.”

In a new interview with Medium, however, he revealed that he’s a fan of Lamar and his recent 2015 album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’. “He just has something to say,” said the singer. “It’s pure. And with Thundercat on the album? Come on. You’re not taking ‘Alright’ off my playlist!”

Prince also praised Kanye West’s song ‘Gold Digger’ and its sampling of Ray Charles, adding: “The way he made something new with that sample was perfect.”

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Prince, who also praised Jill Scott’s LP ‘A Long Walk’ because “every song on that first album was the truth”, went on to add: “But we have to make sure that young people also get to understand the masters. It’s like when I played Sly Stone to Lianne La Havas… she had not ever heard him yet. Then she listened and was totally inspired.”

Prince is set to release new LP ‘The Hit & Run Album’ with his band 3rdEyeGirl via Tidal in September. It is his 35th studio record. He also released two albums in 2014, ‘Plectrumelectrum’ with 3rdEyeGirl and the solo LP ‘Art Official Age’. You can hear a track from the album, ‘This Could B Us’, below.

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